Giovanni Montagnana / Italy / 2023 / 11 min / Colour

European premiere

A group of speleologists ventures into an underground cave to find what the earth has hidden for millions of years. They won't find ammonites or trilobites, but worn out fragments of 16mm, VHS and Mini DV. Voices are heard in the woods in a found-footage film that collects amateur archive material, drawing a vital portrait of Lessinia and its inhabitants. In a cinematic world that still not yet very popular, we discover "amateur filmmaker" kindergarten teachers, crowds of children jumping rope in the square of Bosco Chiesanuova, and mountain bikers tackling a climb, while a distant voice recounts the grazing of cattle at high altitudes. A myriad of images and sounds which, like fossils, must be unearthed and then detonated in an absurd and ironic collage that owes much to Grifi and Baruchello. It is the dimension of the laboratory, a safe place to experiment with improbable joints, in search of some new unexpected meaning. A place where, in fact, voices are heard.

  • Giovanni Montagnana

    Giovanni Montagnana

    Giovanni Montagnana is an Italian director, he earned a degree in cinema at the Dams of Bologna and in creativity and communication design at the IUSVE in Venice. He is involved with both commercial video productions and personal film projects. His short, Heimat (2021), which won the Premio Zavattini, received various awards at Italian and international festivals, including Venice Film Week, the Tehran International Short Film Festival, and the DocBerlin Documentary Film Festival.


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